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Member Profile: .hk

Full Name of Registry: Hong Kong Internet Registration Corporation Limited ("HKIRC")

Contact details (address, phone, fax, general enquiries):

Hong Kong Internet Registration Corporation Limited Unit 2002-2005, 20/F ING Tower,
308 Des Voeux Road Central, Sheung Wan
Hong Kong

www.hkirc.hk

Tel.: +852 2319 1313

Fax: +852 2319 2626

General enquiries: enquiry@hkirc.hk

Founding date: 2002

Registration Model (Registry/Registrar system; Direct registrations; Both): Direct registration

Number of domain names: 176K as at June 2009. Current statistics at https://www1.hkirc.hk/aboutHK/statistics.jsp?path=dispute_resolution&item=0

History: HKIRC was established in 2002 as a not-for-profit organization that is committed to providing '.hk' Internet domain name registration and related services in an effective, customer-centric and sustainable manner. HKIRC is committed to serve the Internet community of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, as well as the global Internet community, in relation to the administration of the '.hk' country-code top-level domain.

The objectives of the HKIRC are promoting Hong Kong as an international centre for e-commerce and to encourage for the benefit of the Hong Kong community a better understanding and use of the Internet and related technology, to develop the administration of Internet domain names in Hong Kong, to administer a registration system for all levels of Internet domain names under the Hong Kong country code '.hk' and its other equivalents and to establish and develop a self-regulation framework, to provide services for registration of all levels of Internet domain names under the '.hk', to administer and manage the allocation and assignment of Internet Protocol addresses in Hong Kong, to liaise with local and international bodies on issues relating to the development and administration of domain name systems and Internet Protocol addresses. In additions, HKIRC's objectives also include developing and establishing a policy framework for the development and administration of Internet domain names under the '.hk' and its other equivalents and establishing appropriate complaints handling and dispute resolution processes which provide for conciliation or redress of grievances on matters associated with the administration or use of Internet domain names under the '.hk' and its other equivalents.

Before the establishment of HKIRC, .hk domain was administered by Joint Universities Computer Centre in Hong Kong. The Government of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region conducted a public consultation in 2000 that concluded the needs for an independent organization to take the role.